The Synapse

Updates from the Sciences at Loyola University Maryland

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June 2022 | Issue 44

During the month of June when students are on their summer break, the quad becomes unusually quiet and shows its "Green Silence". However, even during these quiet days of the summer we have number of NAS related news items to share with you in this June issue of Synapse including 2022 Hauber Summer research program, the NSIP workshop, Cosmos and Creation annual conference, and the achievement of our own NAS "Top Gun", and more.

“Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”
-- Pablo Neruda

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View of the Quad in June.


2022 Hauber Reception

Hauber Summer Research

June 6, 2022 marks the first official day of this year's Hauber summer research program, with the last day of this 10-week summer program being August 12. Hauber Fellows' summer research presentations are scheduled for Wednesday noon on July 27, August 3, and August 10. Hauber summer research is not only a great tradition but also a hallmark of the Natural and Applied Sciences and an excellent example for High Impact Practices involving our bright NAS student and our dedicated faculty. This program was launched in 1988 and it has been growing over the years. The 35th cohort of the Hauber Fellows is comprised of 11 Hauber fellows mentored by 9 NAS faculty.

The 2022 Hauber fellows are Emily Bui, Devin DeMelis, Grey Flynn, John Inman, Katie McManus, Martin MacStudy, Jack Mehr-Racicot, Grace Prince, Maggie Sullivan, Kevin Wang, and Grace Wayson. Faculty mentors for this year's program are Henrique Rocha, Michael Tangrea, Elizabeth Dahl, Robert Bailey, Maren Blohm, Suzanne Keilson, Yanko Kranov, Mary Lowe, and David Hoe.

Five of the Hauber fellows participating in this year's summer research are sponsored by the generous support from our industrial partners; Whiting Turner supporting two Hauber scholars while Emergent BioSolutions, BoMark, and W.R., Grace each sponsoring one of the Hauber fellows. The remaining six Hauber fellows are being supported through the endowed Hauber account. This year's program would have not been accomplished without the continued support from Whiting Turner and W.R. Grace and the new philanthropic support received from BioSolutions, and BoMark.

The welcome reception for the 2022 Hauber summer research program was held on the afternoon of the Wednesday June 8 in the outdoor classroom area adjacent to the Fernandez Center, when we hosted 40-50 guests including Hauber fellows and mentors and other members of NAS and Loyola community as can be seen in the pictures from this event.

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2022 NSIP Laboratory Practices and Techniques Course

May 2022 - The Loyola Biology Department was happy to welcome 18 undergraduate research summer interns from across the country for a one-week course in Laboratory Practices and Techniques. This program is part of the Nathan Schnaper Summer Internship Program (NSIP) in Translational Cancer Research at the University of Maryland Greenbaum Cancer Center. Interns come from college campuses across the United States to participate in the 11-week NSIP program which provides research and clinical experiences to students interested in careers in cancer research. At the start of the summer experience, interns attend the Laboratory Practices and Techniques (LPT) course held on the Loyola campus to learn commonly used biomedical laboratory techniques. This allows NSIP research interns to begin their research projects in individual laboratories at the University of Maryland with a foundation of basic skills as well as confidence in the lab. Additionally, the LPT course at Loyola provides an opportunity for NSIP interns to get to know each other and builds a community of peers before interns begin working in separate laboratories for the summer.

The NSIP internship program typically admits one to three Loyola students each year. This year, the NSIP program admitted five Loyola students! The Loyola NSIP interns this year are Catie Corolla, Taariq Eddy, Kyle Gunzy, Patrick McGinnis, and Darielle Runner-Draper. This year’s LPT course was run by four faculty members in the Biology Department: Dr. Lisa Scheifele (instructor), Dr. Christopher Thompson (instructor), Dr. Armina Kazi (instructor), and Dr. Theresa Geiman (course director and instructor). The LPT course is funded as a sub-award of an NIH R25 Cancer Training Grant through the National Cancer Institute. Loyola has been conducting the LPT course for the NSIP program as a sub-awardee of this NIH grant since 2015. Loyola students interested in applying to the NSIP program can find out more about the program and LPT course by contacting Dr. Geiman ( or visiting the NSIP program website ( ). Applications are generally due in early to mid-February each year.

Collin Habig flying high

We heard that Collin Habig, our former Hauber fellow, completed his very first solo flight as an air force pilot during the month of May. Collin graduated from Loyola in May of 2020, with a BS in Physics at the top of his class. He participated in the Hauber program in the summer of 2017 doing research in mathematics under the supervision of Dr. M. Knapp and working on the project "Variations of the Chopsticks finger game". He did a Hauber again in the summer of 2019 doing research in theoretical physics under the supervision of Dr. A. Erdas and working on the project "The Casimir Effect for a Lorentz-Violating Scalar Field". He was enrolled in the ROTC program at University of Maryland during the 4 years he was a Loyola student. He taught high school Mathematics in Anne Arundel County during 2020-21, before the start of his pilot training. We congratulate Collin for his achievements.
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New Alumni Email Accounts Policy

According to the new policy effective June 2022, access to email accounts is removed for all alumni. This includes email forwarding to personal accounts. (Graduating students will have access to their email address for 18 months after graduation.) The University is taking this step to keep Loyola email accounts safe and prevent hacking, as hacked alumni email accounts pose significant ransomware and resource risks. This decision affects a small part of our alumni population; less than 2% of alumni use their accounts 18 months after graduation. The university likes to encourage all Loyola alumni to update their personal email addresses for communications via this update form. Loyola university also strongly advise alumni to update any external accounts currently using a email (Apple ID, Amazon, YouTube, etc.) with a personal email address. Requests to keep a Loyola email account may be submitted using this request form. We encourage alum who would like to continue receiving NAS related communications including emails containing NAS newsletter (Synapse), as well as other new items related to NAS events and updates to update their email addresses as stated above and send an email with their new email address info to

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Congratulations to Sandra Dargakis and Dargakis family

Sandra Dargakis, who is serving as the program assistant for two academic departments; Mathematics and Statistics, and Chemistry and Biochemistry, plus Data Science programs was one of the graduates during the May 14, 2022 graduation when she received her Master's degree in Emerging Media. But the party didn't stop then, since Sandra's triplets graduated on June 7, 2022 from Harford Technical High School, one of whom will be joining Loyola:

- Jonathan: Cyber Security at Tech / Computer Science at Loyola University Maryland

- Christina: Nursing at Tech / Nursing at Notre Dame Maryland University

- Alexander: Automotive Diagnostics, planning to entering an apprenticeship program.

Startup Garage: Electronics Program

Dr. Suzanne Keilson is working with Dent Education ( on a new 'track' curriculum for their summer programs called, 'startup garage: electronics'. The track will likely take place at the Loyola-Notre Dame library and innovation spaces and is also a partner with Loyola's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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Govans Farmers' Market returns for 11th season

Loyola University Maryland’s York Road Initiative (YRI) will host the 11th season of the Govans Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays from 3 – 6 p.m. between June 1 and Sept. 28, 2022. The market is located in the parking lot of Loyola's Transportation and Public Safety complex at 5104 York Rd. The side entrance on Notre Dame Lane will be the main point of entry.



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